Opening lines! Some of them are grand or intriguing or unique enough to set the tone for the whole book, while others are conversational and drop you right in, as if you were speaking to the narrator yourself. Here are some of my favorites below…Continue reading “My Favorite Opening Lines in Literature”
The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch
I haven’t read a fantasy book this good in a while! Even compared to Six of Crows, which was a total page turner for me, I think I liked this a little more.Continue reading “The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch”
Ancient History // Book Tag
I love reading other people’s book tags but never seem to get around to filling them out myself. No longer! I’m going to try and do at least one every month because they’re so fun. This one came from Carl at The Pine-Scented Chronicles – the moment I saw it was history-themed, I knew I had to do it, so here goes!Continue reading “Ancient History // Book Tag”
Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
I’ll be the first to admit, I definitely don’t understand the hype around Sally Rooney’s books. With all the coverage Normal People has received since it came out, I thought I’d begin with her first book as a primer.
It turned out I kind of hated it!Continue reading “Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney”
The Last Five Books I Didn’t Finish
You never want to DNF a book, but sometimes it happens anyway. The book isn’t as good as you’d expected or heard, or maybe your attention just gets captured elsewhere and before you know it, it’s been weeks or even months since you last abandoned that book and now have a funny guilty feeling whenever you see it lying on the counter because deep down, you know you won’t be coming back to it.
But DNFs aren’t anything to feel guilty or bad over! I used to feel this internal pressure to finish every book I started, as if it was reflection on my character – like it meant I was persevering or loyal or something. But gradually I moved away from this mindset. There are so many amazing books in the world that if I’m not enjoying something, I leave it! What’s also comforting to me is knowing that even if I DNF something today, doesn’t mean it’s DNF forever. I can always come back to it later in life – maybe when I have more time, or perhaps more ready to appreciate it.
Below, three books that I recently put down…but plan to finish at some point 🙂Continue reading “The Last Five Books I Didn’t Finish”
In Five Years – Rebecca Serle
I was so excited for this book that it was one of my most anticipated reads of early 2020, but it turned out to disappoint 😦Continue reading “In Five Years – Rebecca Serle”
Books on my TBR I’m Avoiding
I don’t know about you, but I’ve discovered recently that there’s normal TBR avoidance, and then there’s quarantine TBR avoidance. Namely: I don’t want anything too involved or sad or intellectual…or long, or upsetting, or too emotional either. I know, I’m really outing my pandemic self as an insufferably lazy bum 🤣 In all seriousness, I’ve been SO restless lately and can’t seem to sit through anything that requires too much dedication, which is the opposite of what reading is all about. Here are a few books that have been on my list forever but am strenuously avoiding because of any of the reasons above.Continue reading “Books on my TBR I’m Avoiding”